Property

Foreign inward investment boost for Bristol as UK bounces back from Brexit doubts

May 29, 2020
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Foreign inward investment boost for Bristol as UK bounces back from Brexit doubts

Bristol attracted 15 investment projects from overseas last year, new figures show, making it the seventh best performing regional location in the UK and underlining its growing reputation as an international business hub. The city’s strong performance was despite the South West as a whole suffering a 14% decline...

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South West firms now UK’s least confident as Covid-19 hits region hard

May 29, 2020
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South West firms now UK’s least confident as Covid-19 hits region hard

The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a severe blow to confidence levels among South West firms – with the region now the UK’s least optimistic, according to the gloomy results of another survey. Overall confidence slumped by 16 points during the past month to minus 51% – an unenviable record...

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Knight Frank’s Bristol residential investment team boosted by arrival of new partner

May 26, 2020
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Knight Frank’s Bristol residential investment team boosted by arrival of new partner

Property agency Knight Frank has appointed Craig Wallace as a partner in its in Bristol office’s residential investment and development valuation & advisory team. Craig, pictured, will provide valuation services to lending institutions, local authorities, residential property developers and investors on schemes across the South West, South Wales and...

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Trio of Bristol charities benefit from Soapworks developer’s innovative digital consultation

May 22, 2020
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Trio of Bristol charities benefit from Soapworks developer’s innovative digital consultation

First Base, the property developer behind the restoration of the former Gardiner Haskins site in Old Market, has raised £6,000 for three Bristol charities after donating over £1 for every person taking part in the scheme’s consultation process. As well as submitting feedback on the proposals, visitors to the...

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New chairman and raft of promotions as Clarke Willmott looks to strenghten Bristol office

May 20, 2020
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National law firm Clarke Willmott has made a series of senior internal promotions, including a new chairman and new partners, senior associates and associates in its Bristol office.  Kelvin Balmont, pictured right, has been elected chairman of the firm, which also has offices in Birmingham, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton...

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Expert advice – and chance to network virtually – in Business West’s latest recovery initiative

May 18, 2020
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Expert advice – and chance to network virtually – in Business West’s latest recovery initiative

Business West, the region’s largest business organisation, is launching a series of expert webinars and virtual networking events to help small firms bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The webinars will address key practical issues and challenges facing firms as lockdown measures are eased while the...

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City centre businesses backing campaign to save the high street amid fears of widespread closures

May 15, 2020
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City centre businesses backing campaign to save the high street amid fears of widespread closures

Up to 100 businesses in Bristol city centre – including high-profile bars and restaurants – are at risk of closure unless the government raises the threshold on one of its schemes to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new campaign. Called #RaiseTheBar, the national...

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‘Strong fundamentals’ of industrial market will help it bounce back from Covid-19 crisis, says report

May 15, 2020
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Take-up in the Bristol’s industrial property market will be hit by the Covid-19 pandemic but should bounce back quickly, according to a forecast by one of the region’s top property agencies. Colliers International says the fundamentals of the market remain strong – and even now deals are being done. ...

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Strategic hire at Bristol digital engineering partnership as it looks to post-Covid-19 challenge

May 15, 2020
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Strategic hire at Bristol digital engineering partnership as it looks to post-Covid-19 challenge

A digital engineering project jointly run by the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), the Bristol-based specialist body aiming to transform digital engineering, and the University of Bristol has made a key appointment. Dr James Gopsill, pictured, has joined in a five-year, co-funded role as part of the strategic...

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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

May 14, 2020
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Bristol Business Blog: Matt Griffith, director of policy, Business West. The furlough scheme is hugely successful – but how will it end?

One of the government’s boldest and most effective interventions during the coronavirus has been the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (or furlough scheme). It is also, undoubtedly, one of the most important for businesses. Many businesses have suffered a massive shock to income, and furloughing has offered an ability to...

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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

May 12, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to extend the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to October will be a “huge relief” to firms in the West of England, according to the region’s largest business group. Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said its research showed the scheme, launched by...

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New head of projects, real estate and finance for Osborne Clarke

May 11, 2020
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New head of projects, real estate and finance for Osborne Clarke

Michelle McGurl, a partner in the Bristol office of international law firm Osborne Clarke, has been appointed as the new head of its projects, real estate and finance (PREF) practice group. Michelle, pictured, has worked at Osborne Clarke for 13 years, having joined in 2007. She was promoted to...

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‘Resilient’ Bristol office market can overcome coronavirus-linked market slowdown, says report

May 1, 2020
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‘Resilient’ Bristol office market can overcome coronavirus-linked market slowdown, says report

Bristol’s office market is well-placed to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic after enjoying the strongest quarterly take-up figures for 10 years, according to a new report. In a market dominated by the professional and financial services sectors – which accounted for the top five deals in...

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